Best Yelan Genshin Impact build: Artifacts, weapons, more

James Busby
Yelan in Genshin Impact

Yelan is an extremely powerful 5-star Hydro character in Genshin Impact. If you’re looking to build her, check out our recommended Artifacts, weapons, and more.

Yelan is a mysterious individual who allegedly works for the Ministry of Civil Affairs. However, she also claims she works for Liyue’s Yanshang Teahouse.

Yelan has consistently remained on the top of Genshin Impact’s tier list for sub-DPS units. This character’s Elemental Burst can improve the DMG of active units, but the ability does have a high energy cost.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about effectively building Yelan in Genshin Impact.


Yelan abilities in Genshin Impact

Yeelan in Genshin Impact
Yelan is a great fit in Dehya’s ideal team comp.

Normal Attack: Stealthy Bowshot

  • Normal Attack: Performs up to 4 consecutive shots with a bow
  • Charged Attack: Aimed Shot with increased damage: deals Hydro damage when fully charged
  • Plunging Attack: A “shower of arrows” dealing AoE damage
  • Breakthrough: After spending 5s out of combat, Yelan enters “Breakthrough” state in which her next Charged Aimed Shot cooldown is reduced by 80%, and it fires a “Breakthrough Barb” dealing AoE Hydro damage based on her Max HP

Elemental Skill: Lingering Lifeline

Fires a “Lifeline” that marks opponents in its path. Yelan can move rapidly forward, after which the Lifeline explodes and deals Hydro damage to marked opponents based on her Max HP.

Elemental Burst: Depth-Clarion Dice

Yelan’s Elemental Burst deals AoE Hydro damage and creates an “Exquisite Throw,” which deals Hydro damage based on Yelan’s Max HP:

  • Once every second when the active character uses a Normal Attack
  • When Yelan’s Lifeline explodes and hits opponents

Yelan Constellations in Genshin Impact

Yelan Constellations in Genshin Impact

Lucky enough to pull multiple copies of Yelan? Here are the buffs you’ll receive from her Constellations:

  • Level One – Enter the Plotters: +1 Lingering Lifeline charge.
  • Level Two – Taking All Comers: Exquisite Throw attacks fire +1 water arrow dealing 14% of Yelan’s Max HP as Hydro damage, once every 1.8 seconds.
  • Level Three – Beware the Trickster’s Dice: +3 Depth-Clarion Dice Level. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Level Four – Bait-and-Switch: For every opponent marked by Lifeline when it explodes, +10% to all party members’ Max HP for 25 seconds up to a maximum of 40% Max HP.
  • Level Five – Dealer’s Sleight: +3 Lingering Lifeline Level. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Level Six – Winner Takes All: Yelan enters the Mastermind state after using Depth-Clarion Dice. Yelan’s Normal Attacks become enhanced Breakthrough Barbs that deal 130% of a regular Breakthrough Barb’s damage as Charged Attack damage. The state lasts 20 seconds and expires after 6 arrows are fired.

Best Yelan Artifacts in Genshin Impact

We recommend placing the 4-piece Emblem of Severed Fate set on Yelan if you wish to use her as a sub-DPS. These Artifacts will increase her Energy Recharge by 20% and then improve her Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of her Energy Recharge.

If you want to run Yelan as a Main DPS, we suggest using the 2-piece Tenacity of the Millelith alongside the 2-piece Heart of Depth. This combination will not only boost Yelan’s HP by 20%, but will also improve her Hydro DMG Bonus by 15%.

ArtifactSet Bonuses
Emblem of Severed FateEmblem of Severed Fate2-piece: Energy Recharge +20%
4-piece: Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.
Tenacity of the MillelithTenacity of the Millelith 2-piece: HP +20%
4-piece: When an Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the ATK of all nearby party members is increased by 20% and their Shield Strength is increased by 30% for 3s. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.
Heart of Depth Genshin ImpactHeart of Depth2-piece: Hydro DMG Bonus +15%
4-piece: After using Elemental Skill, increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack DMG by 30% for 15s.

Best Yelan weapons in Genshin Impact

The best weapon choice for Yelan is the 5-star Aqua Simulacra due to the Bow increasing her HP by 16%. Yelan will need this effect, considering almost all of her attacks scale with her HP percentage. Aqua Simulacra will also improve Yelan’s DMG by 20% if there are opponents nearby, even if Yelan isn’t on the field.

Another option is running the 5-star Polar Star to increase Yelan’s Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG by 12%. This weapon will also trigger the Ashen Nightstar effect to convert stacks into ATK boosts.

If you don’t have either 5-star option, we suggest going with The Stringless to improve your Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG by 24%.

Weapon Details
Aqua Simulacra in Genshin ImpactAqua SimulacraHP is increased by 16%. When there are opponents nearby, the DMG dealt by the wielder of this weapon is increased by 20%. This will take effect whether the character is on-field or not.
Polar Star weapon in Genshin ImpactPolar Star Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG increased by 12%. After a Normal Attack, Charged Attack, Elemental Skill or Elemental Burst hits an opponent, 1 stack of Ashen Nightstar will be gained for 12s. When 1/2/3/4 stacks of Ashen Nightstar are present, ATK is increased by 10/20/30/48%. The stack of Ashen Nightstar created by the Normal Attack, Charged Attack, Elemental Skill or Elemental Burst will be counted independently of the others.
The_StringlessThe StringlessIncreases Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG by 24%

Yelan Talent Level-up and Ascension Materials

The following tables contain what materials you’ll need to collect to level up Yelan’s Talents and fully ascend the character:

Talent level-up materials
Talent level-up materialsTeachings of Prosperity x9Guide to Prosperity x63Philosophies of Prosperity x114
Common Ascension MaterialsRecruit’s Insignia x18Sergeant’s Insignia x66Lieutenant’s Insignia x93
Weekly Boss MaterialGilded Scale x18
Ascension LevelMoraMaterials
120000Varunada Lazurite Silver x1Recruit’s Insignia x3Starconch x3
240000Varunada Lazurite Fragment x3Runic Fang x2Recruit’s Insignia x15Starconch x10
360000Varunada Lazurite Fragment x6Runic Fang x4Sergeant’s Insignia x12Starconch x20
480000Varunada Lazurite Chunk x3Runic Fang x8Sergeant’s Insignia x18Starconch x30
5100000Varunada Lazurite Chunk x6Runic Fang x12Lieutenant’s Insignia x12Starconch x45
6120000Varunada Lazurite Gemstone x6Runic Fang x20Lieutenant’s Insignia x24Starconch x60

Yelan Genshin Impact trailer

In May 2022, HoYoverse posted a character demo of Yelan on its official YouTube channel. You can check it out below:

Best Yelan team comp

Nahida Genshin Impact

We suggest running Yelan on a team focused on the Hyperbloom Elemental Reaction. Therefore, we suggest using Yelan alongside Kokomi, Nahida, and Ayato. This team composition would take advantage of off-field element application while Kokomi continues to provide heals for the party.

Alternatively, you could place Yelan on a Vaporize team with party members like Hu Tao, Xingqiu, and Zhongli. You won’t need a healer on this team, considering Zhongli’s shield and the way Hu Tao’s kit works.

That’s everything you need to know about effectively building Yelan. If you want to build more Genshin Impact characters, check out our guides below:

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